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Resmed S10 AirSense - Anyone have one? Any feedback?

Hi All,I've just ordered a new Resmed S10 AirSense, and I was wondering if anyone here has used one?Any information or input would be appreciated!See More
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Andy replied to Andy's discussion Resmed S8 AutoSet II - No Longer Collecting Data??
"Hi All, Well, I went to the sleep doc today, and he ordered a new S10 for me! I still don't know why my S8 is not tracking data anymore. Anyone have any ideas?"
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liz4cps commented on liz4cps's group Prince William Co, VA support group
"Just found they have a Facebook for the REMedy event, 1st Class Sleep REMedy Wellness Health Fair."
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"Reminder: REMedy event is this Saturday, 10 am to 2pm.  Topics include: Nutrition and Weight Management with Sarah Kelly, Registered Nutritionist/Dietitian Oral Appliance Therapy for Sleep Apnea with Drs. Rena Vakay & Lara…"
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"September 1, 2014 My apologies to Sleep Guide for not participating in a long time. In January 2012 I started classes at the local community college (my husband is an instructor there, and my tuition is refunded when my grades are above a C. My…"
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Sleep apnea increases risk of osteoporosis

Sleep apnea/osteoporosis study finds “increased” health riskA recently published study may have found a connection between obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and osteoporosis, marking yet another health…See More
Aug 23
Mary Z replied to ZolliStar's discussion Non-invasion approach that can relieve mild sleep apnea
"Hi ZolliStar, I've heard before that speech therapy, or singing lessons can help sleep apnea.  The problem at that time was there was no way to determine which exercises help.  Getting research done, rather than anecdotal would be…"
Jul 28
ZolliStar posted a discussion

Non-invasion approach that can relieve mild sleep apnea

Some people report that singing -- singing! -- really helps their sleep apnea. Dr. Stephen Park said that myology (which are exercises to strengthen muscles around the inside of one's mouth area) helps some. I think singing would be better.  If you read all the FAQs on this (click below), I think you'll agree that it makes sense for some. Maybe you.http://www.singingforsnorers.com/index.htmSee More
Jul 28
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Jul 20
liz4cps commented on liz4cps's group Prince William Co, VA support group
"I talked to Kimberlie at the Novant Sleep lab last week (at Prince William Hospital) and she said they would not be holding any meetings this year but are planning to start holding meetings again next year.  I'll let you know when we have…"
Jul 14
richard graham posted a status
"I just have mask called the Wisp. Hope it works. Anybody have experience with it. I have an ultra mirage nasal mask and get leaks at brid"
Jul 9
Andy posted a discussion

Resmed S8 AutoSet II - No Longer Collecting Data??

Hi All,First off, my apologies for not checking in for a long time.I've been using my Resmed S8 AutoSet II for almost 3 years! I feel great, have lost almost 30 lbs, am no longer sleepy during the day, sleep through the night, and have my short-term memory back.Yay!I've told my doctors that I'm the "poster child" for Sleep Apnea and CPAPs! It's been, and continues to be, such an amazing experience that I want everyone to know!Everything has been going well in CPAP-land, but in the last few…See More
Jul 7
hifay replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"What type of chin straps?"
Jul 6
Ginny Edmundson replied to Ginny Edmundson's discussion Scheduled for evaluation and possible procedure next day
"No real improvement in sleep study.  Just not having to use cervical neck color.  What a bummer. Surgeon wants another sleep study in about a month or so (home one) Not sure if will do or not. "
Jun 22
Mary Z replied to Ginny Edmundson's discussion Scheduled for evaluation and possible procedure next day
"Ginny, how are you doing after the tongue procedure?"
Jun 22
Mary Z posted a discussion

AHI finally under five.

I have been on CPAP since March 2008 and had a good AHI when I started therapy (under 5).Then my AHI started getting worse- for a while it stayed in the 20's, then we got it to the high teens.  Nothing we did would help.  My doctor said it was due to the meds I take.  For a couple of years I just tolerated the high AHI.  I did another sleep study and changed to an ASV machine.  For two years I still had a AHI around 11-13.  Then all of a sudden - a month ago I noticed my AHI was running five or…See More
Jun 22
ZolliStar replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"FWIW, I've been alternating between my mouth device and my APAP. I haven't used humidity at all when I use the APAP -- and don't miss it, either. "
Jun 14
richard graham replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"I still use humidity but less of it. It seems to be working OK.."
Jun 14
ZolliStar replied to richard graham's discussion mouth breathing
"I rarely use the humidifier. I think it's less necessary during the summer when there is humidity.   I also switch between my mouth device and the APAP.  I like each for different reasons. Not sure with which I sleep better, though.…"
May 21
My eye doctor told me I have high blood pressure because the vessels in my eyes keep bursting. I look like I have been in a bar fight, and lost! I do not have daytime high blood pressure 119/70. Do you think I could have high blood pressure at night from my Mixed Sleep Apnea? Has anyone else had this happen?

I have recently been diagnosed with asthma and GERD as well. Are all of these conditions tied together somehow?

I have only been using the CPAP with the nasal pillows for about 1 1/2 weeks. I was (am) so embarrassed to wear the mask in front of my husband. It has been very emotional and upsetting so far. I ama glad I found a forum that helps people like us. It feels very isolating using the CPAP.

Thanks for your help.

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Welcome Bee! In short, yes, you've figured it out: your conditions are very much related. At least I know for a fact that sleep apnea, high blood pressure and GERD are all very much related. Not so sure about asthma honestly.

And c'mon, the nasal pillows aren't all that much of an eye sore -- those are the Maseratis of Sleep Apnea masks ;-) Check out the Swift LT for Her. They have cute little powder blue fleece thingies that go over the side straps. My wife has it, and i think she looks great with it on. The bottom line is that if your husband loves you and wants to keep you here on the Earth with him, he's pushing at least as much as you are for you to wear your CPAP mask religiously whenever you go to sleep. It will add years to your life.
here's a link on GERD and Sleep Apnea that might be helpful to you...
Mike, Thanks so much for your help. I started for 2 days with the medium nasal mask then I got the nasal pillows, the one your wife has with the little blue flannel things.WAY better thana the full head gear. I felt like a hockey player. My husband thinks I am weird since we have been married for 25 years and been through some pretty rough medical times. I think I feel trapped by the machine. Tied down.

I know that 90% of doing this is getting my mind wrapped around the concept and making it work. I am a very persistent personality so I know will do this eventually.I have children and grandcchildren I want to see grow up.

I might get a Bi Pap or VPAP this coming week since it is hard to push out with my breathing. It feels scary to push so hard to exhale against the air pressure. I feel like I am standing face first into an oncoming hurricane. My setting is at 11. Can I still use the nasal pillows if I get a BiPAP or VPAP (what is the difference?) THANKS so much for your help.

Mike said:
Welcome Bee! In short, yes, you've figured it out: your conditions are very much related. At least I know for a fact that sleep apnea, high blood pressure and GERD are all very much related. Not so sure about asthma honestly.

And c'mon, the nasal pillows aren't all that much of an eye sore -- those are the Maseratis of Sleep Apnea masks ;-) Check out the Swift LT for Her. They have cute little powder blue fleece thingies that go over the side straps. My wife has it, and i think she looks great with it on. The bottom line is that if your husband loves you and wants to keep you here on the Earth with him, he's pushing at least as much as you are for you to wear your CPAP mask religiously whenever you go to sleep. It will add years to your life.
GREAT!
Mike said:
here's a link on GERD and Sleep Apnea that might be helpful to you...
Yes, you can still use the nasal pillows with a BiPAP/VPAP. There is no difference between a BiPAP and VPAP -- Respironics, one of the manufacturers, has a trademark on the name BiPAP, so ResMed's BiPAPs are called VPAPs. confusing, for sure.

Your problem exhaling against the high pressure can certainly be dealt with by using a BiPAP/VPAP. The BiPAP/VPAP is like a CPAP, except whereas a CPAP operates at a single pressure setting, the BiPAP/VPAP operates at 2 pressure settings -- one for inhalation (higher pressure), and a different one for exhalation (lower pressure).

You might also try a CPAP with some sort of comfort feature to relieve the pressure a bit upon exhalation. Respironics' comfort feature is called A-Flex or C-Flex; ResMed's comfort feature is called EPR, or Expiratory Relief Pressure. I'd recommend you get only an auto-adjusting CPAP with full compliance and efficacy data capability. The auto adjusting machine will allow your machine to operate at a range of pressures depending on your needs during the night; the data capability will give you the ability to download your results so you can understand if your therapy is working.

I know it's a lot to take in, and i knew zero about this when i started a year or two ago. But you will get it as long as you stay committed to yourself, and taking your therapy in your own hands/ not following advice of doctors and others blindly. Also, read all you can here and ask as many questions as you can. We're always happy to answer them. There are no dumb questions.

BeeAsleep said:
Mike, Thanks so much for your help. I started for 2 days with the medium nasal mask then I got the nasal pillows, the one your wife has with the little blue flannel things.WAY better thana the full head gear. I felt like a hockey player. My husband thinks I am weird since we have been married for 25 years and been through some pretty rough medical times. I think I feel trapped by the machine. Tied down.

I know that 90% of doing this is getting my mind wrapped around the concept and making it work. I am a very persistent personality so I know will do this eventually.I have children and grandcchildren I want to see grow up.

I might get a Bi Pap or VPAP this coming week since it is hard to push out with my breathing. It feels scary to push so hard to exhale against the air pressure. I feel like I am standing face first into an oncoming hurricane. My setting is at 11. Can I still use the nasal pillows if I get a BiPAP or VPAP (what is the difference?) THANKS so much for your help.

Mike said:
Welcome Bee! In short, yes, you've figured it out: your conditions are very much related. At least I know for a fact that sleep apnea, high blood pressure and GERD are all very much related. Not so sure about asthma honestly.

And c'mon, the nasal pillows aren't all that much of an eye sore -- those are the Maseratis of Sleep Apnea masks ;-) Check out the Swift LT for Her. They have cute little powder blue fleece thingies that go over the side straps. My wife has it, and i think she looks great with it on. The bottom line is that if your husband loves you and wants to keep you here on the Earth with him, he's pushing at least as much as you are for you to wear your CPAP mask religiously whenever you go to sleep. It will add years to your life.
by the way, an auto adjusting CPAP is still a CPAP -- it will operate a single pressure at any given time; the thing that is different about it is that it can adjust that single pressure within a prescribed range to optimize treatment depending on how you're breathing throughout the night.

Mike said:
Yes, you can still use the nasal pillows with a BiPAP/VPAP. There is no difference between a BiPAP and VPAP -- Respironics, one of the manufacturers, has a trademark on the name BiPAP, so ResMed's BiPAPs are called VPAPs. confusing, for sure.

Your problem exhaling against the high pressure can certainly be dealt with by using a BiPAP/VPAP. The BiPAP/VPAP is like a CPAP, except whereas a CPAP operates at a single pressure setting, the BiPAP/VPAP operates at 2 pressure settings -- one for inhalation (higher pressure), and a different one for exhalation (lower pressure).

You might also try a CPAP with some sort of comfort feature to relieve the pressure a bit upon exhalation. Respironics' comfort feature is called A-Flex or C-Flex; ResMed's comfort feature is called EPR, or Expiratory Relief Pressure. I'd recommend you get only an auto-adjusting CPAP with full compliance and efficacy data capability. The auto adjusting machine will allow your machine to operate at a range of pressures depending on your needs during the night; the data capability will give you the ability to download your results so you can understand if your therapy is working.

I know it's a lot to take in, and i knew zero about this when i started a year or two ago. But you will get it as long as you stay committed to yourself, and taking your therapy in your own hands/ not following advice of doctors and others blindly. Also, read all you can here and ask as many questions as you can. We're always happy to answer them. There are no dumb questions.

BeeAsleep said:
Mike, Thanks so much for your help. I started for 2 days with the medium nasal mask then I got the nasal pillows, the one your wife has with the little blue flannel things.WAY better thana the full head gear. I felt like a hockey player. My husband thinks I am weird since we have been married for 25 years and been through some pretty rough medical times. I think I feel trapped by the machine. Tied down.

I know that 90% of doing this is getting my mind wrapped around the concept and making it work. I am a very persistent personality so I know will do this eventually.I have children and grandcchildren I want to see grow up.

I might get a Bi Pap or VPAP this coming week since it is hard to push out with my breathing. It feels scary to push so hard to exhale against the air pressure. I feel like I am standing face first into an oncoming hurricane. My setting is at 11. Can I still use the nasal pillows if I get a BiPAP or VPAP (what is the difference?) THANKS so much for your help.

Mike said:
Welcome Bee! In short, yes, you've figured it out: your conditions are very much related. At least I know for a fact that sleep apnea, high blood pressure and GERD are all very much related. Not so sure about asthma honestly.

And c'mon, the nasal pillows aren't all that much of an eye sore -- those are the Maseratis of Sleep Apnea masks ;-) Check out the Swift LT for Her. They have cute little powder blue fleece thingies that go over the side straps. My wife has it, and i think she looks great with it on. The bottom line is that if your husband loves you and wants to keep you here on the Earth with him, he's pushing at least as much as you are for you to wear your CPAP mask religiously whenever you go to sleep. It will add years to your life.
I had the same thing looked like I was in a bar, Thanks for the tip, I do have High Blood Pressure since 2003,
I also have Gerd since 1976, and Asthma since 2006, I don't know if this is true or not my sleep Dr. is also
my pulmanary Dr, he told me my asthma is from my hubby smoking before my hubby died in 2003 he smoked
two cartons a week, we got married in 1974, so just thing being around someone who smoked all that time, also
I didn't smoke. Good luck to you.
Judy I share many of your symptoms.

I have had high blood pressure now for over ten years. I have GERD and have been treating it for the last four years. Have had asthma since the mid 80's (grew up in a household where both parents smoked -- mother a chain smoker and hubby of 37 years smokes like a smokestack as well). Was diagnosed with sleep apnea in 2007. Have never smoked either (figured why bother when I was getting all that second hand smoke).

I think many conditions are linked to sleep apnea. Although, I honestly don't think asthma is one of them (although who knows).

BeeAsleep are you using a machine that provides flex relief or epr relief? Depending upon your machine you may have the option of using it (Respironics machines have flex and the Resmeds have epr). This is where you pressure is lowered somewhat on exhale. A pressure of 11 isn't high and so a machine with flex or epr maybe all that you need. Also an apap may make all the difference especially if you can get by with a lower setting and only have to go to 11 at times. Bipaps and Vpaps are more expensive and some insurance companies balk at providing them if cpaps will work.

Let us know which machine you are using (the name should be on it somewhere) and we can let you know if it has an exhale relief feature.
One of the Resmed experts hopefully will be able to help.

In your profile you indicate that you are using a Resmed S8 Escape. I know that is one of the lower end Resmed machines but don't know if it has epr relief. Hopefully Judy, JNK, or one of the pros can tell you how to check to see if it is turned on.
Thanks so much for helping! I can't believe how much better I feel having this forum to ask questions and get answers. I am using a ResMed S8 Escape System. My RT is checking with my doctor to get his approval to get a VPAP machine. I go to National Jewish in Denver, the doctor is excellent. I had my sleep study done there as well. I am a 29 on the AHI scale and I have MIXED apnea. I don't know much about that. I have only been using the machine for about 2 weeks.

sleepycarol said:
Judy I share many of your symptoms.

I have had high blood pressure now for over ten years. I have GERD and have been treating it for the last four years. Have had asthma since the mid 80's (grew up in a household where both parents smoked -- mother a chain smoker and hubby of 37 years smokes like a smokestack as well). Was diagnosed with sleep apnea in 2007. Have never smoked either (figured why bother when I was getting all that second hand smoke).

I think many conditions are linked to sleep apnea. Although, I honestly don't think asthma is one of them (although who knows).

BeeAsleep are you using a machine that provides flex relief or epr relief? Depending upon your machine you may have the option of using it (Respironics machines have flex and the Resmeds have epr). This is where you pressure is lowered somewhat on exhale. A pressure of 11 isn't high and so a machine with flex or epr maybe all that you need. Also an apap may make all the difference especially if you can get by with a lower setting and only have to go to 11 at times. Bipaps and Vpaps are more expensive and some insurance companies balk at providing them if cpaps will work.

Let us know which machine you are using (the name should be on it somewhere) and we can let you know if it has an exhale relief feature.
My Dad smoked when I was growing up. I really can not tolerate smoke of any kind. I have never smoked. I feel grateful that I went to National Jewish hospital which is rated in the top 10 in the nation for asthma and allergies. I am trying to get things figured out with my health so I can get better and have a long life. This forum helps so much, because it is nice to know I am not alone with my questions. Thanks!

Judy Sharp said:
I had the same thing looked like I was in a bar, Thanks for the tip, I do have High Blood Pressure since 2003,
I also have Gerd since 1976, and Asthma since 2006, I don't know if this is true or not my sleep Dr. is also
my pulmanary Dr, he told me my asthma is from my hubby smoking before my hubby died in 2003 he smoked
two cartons a week, we got married in 1974, so just thing being around someone who smoked all that time, also
I didn't smoke. Good luck to you.
GERD and Reflux ARE related to and CAN CAUSE asthma over a prolonged period of time.

Whether you are put on a Bi-PAP or not I would return that Escape and INSIST on at the very least the Resmed S8 Elite or S8 Elite II, both of which have EPR and are fully data capable.

If you have Mixed Apnea you may well end up on a VPAP or BiPAP ASV. Resmed's ASV was specifically developed for Central Apnea/Cheyn-Stokes Syndrome. I'd ask what brand and model they intended to provide, tell them to wait a minute, run home and check that model out online - and similar models - then go back and tell them whether I would accept it - or wouldn't accept it because it wasn't fully data capable. Just because a device has a data card does NOT mean it is fully data capable.

Also, just a prolonged coughing spree or hard cough can rupture blood vessels in the eye. I don' t know if that holds true for sneezing or not.

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